It’s almost Halloween … so it’s a great time of year to explore the reasons why black cats have more difficulty in getting adopted from shelters. If you’re seeking a new animal companion, maybe you can help improve these felines’ luck!
For centuries, black cats were considered bad luck in parts of Europe and the United States, due to early Christian superstitions that black cats were the familiars of witches. There are also several countries where black cats are considered to be good luck, including England, Latvia, Japan, and Scotland. While neither superstition is strictly true, we’d err on the side of them being good luck: some studies have shown that black cats are friendlier and more laid-back than other cats, and the genes that give them dark fur may even make them more disease-resistant.
However, black cats are often overlooked at sheltersóboth because of old superstitions and because, due to their dark fur, they don’t photograph as well or stand out as much as a brighter-furred cat does. Along with brown cats, they are the least likely of any color of cat to be adopted, and they also face high euthanasia rates. Can you help them?
Here are ten lucky black cats who are looking for homes, from shelters all over the U.S.
(Don’t forget: if you’re looking for a new animal companion, you can use Care2′s Adoptable Pets page to find your perfect match!)
1. Sugar Plum
Young female. Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, Delhi, NY.
The shelter says, “She’s a delightful, friendly young lady who is still waiting to go home for the holidays.”